Annual Fund


Give to Our Annual Fund

Madison Public Library Foundation’s annual fund provides critical support to core library needs. Some of these include: 

  • collections
  • technology
  • programs
  • professional development opportunities for staff
  • equity & innovation initiatives
  • library leadership requests
  • mini-grants for smaller projects that present themselves throughout the year

View our current appeal here.

The foundation’s Grants Committee meets throughout the year to review requests from library leadership, and issues nearly $100,000 each year for these purposes. View our grants flyer to see what our annual fund grants supported in 2022.

Past Annual Fund Grants


Total granted: $338,730

Digital and physical collection items, including eBooks, newspaper subscriptions, picture books and popular books
Professional development and staff training
Technology, including Zoom and phone software for staff to communicate during the pandemic
Equity & Innovation
Mini-Grants for arts and oral history projects
Director’s Discretionary Fund



Total granted: $137,550

 Collections, primarily eBooks
Professional Development and Staff Day
Technology, including licenses for software that patrons use
Equity & Innovation
Mini-Grants, including Library Takeover and book club kits
Director’s Discretionary Fund



Total granted: $187,000

High Use & New Media Collection Improvements
Professional Development
Staff Day
Systemwide Technology Improvements
The Wonder of Learning exhibit
Director’s Discretionary Fund
Black Men Run, Brown Boys Read
Pathway to Cooperative Entrepreneurship
High Loss Materials Replacement
Increasing Accessibility at the Library
Meet Your Madison Public Library
Who Matters? Volume Two intergenerational photo exhibit